For Immediate Release
September 15, 2000
--Press Release from Sheriff Butler--
Cumberland County, NC; Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler has been given the responsibility by North Carolina legislators to administer the new video gaming law that goes into effect on October 1st. The law, general statute 14-306, will require that ALL video poker-type machines located in Cumberland County be registered with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff is asking the media for assistance in informing the public about the new law as the penalties for non-compliance can range from misdemeanor to felony charges and or destruction of the video poker machines.
To date, several companies and individuals have met with representatives from the Sheriff's Office to initiate the registration process, however only a few forms have been received. The deadline for submittals will be September 30th at midnight of this year.
By definition, a video gaming machine is a "slot machine" or other form of electrical, mechanical, computer or video card playing device. Examples include video bingo, video craps, video Keno, video Lotto, Eight-liner, Pot-of-Gold or any video playing game based on or involving the random of chance matching of different pictures, words, numbers, or symbols and is not dependent on the skill or dexterity of a player. A video gaming machine also requires deposit of any coin, token, or use of a credit card or debit card.
Requirements for the new law are listed below. This is not a complete list but just the ones that affect the registration.
All Sheriffs and officers of police are hereby authorized and directed on information made to them on oath that any gaming table prohibited to be used by G.S. 14-289 through G.S. 14-300 any illegal punchboard or illegal slot machine or any video game prohibited to be used by G.S. 14-306 or 14-306.1, is in the possession or use of any person within the limits of their jurisdiction, to destroy the same by every means in their power, and shall call to their aid all the good citizens of the county, if necessary, to affect its destruction.
For more information on the news release, you may contact Stephanie Hardy, Public Information Officer at Phone: (910) 677-5487 Pager: (910) 677-4313 Fax: (910) 677-5558